Explore the most popular Horseback Riding trails near San Diego with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Quiet/easy parking. Partial shade. Spotted a few rattlesnakes. Pretty but faint smell of sewage

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muddy
no shade
3 days ago

Great running trail. South trail is very technical with varying conditions from sand and creek beds up to large boulders. North trail is nice and smooth with lots of rolling hills. Can def get nasty in spots after it rains.

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no shade
rocky
17 days ago

I found the trail to be very pretty to hike. We took a side trail named Grinding Rocks to a small pool in the stream. We stopped beside the stream at San Diego River Crossing to have our lunch and found it very relaxing. See my recording.

Great hike for dogs but not a lot of shade. A few muddy spots but overall a great hike very peaceful and quiet.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

Nice little loop. Good for families and runners.

Easy, peaceful hike good for older children.

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muddy
private property
washed out
24 days ago

My wife and I live next to one of the main paths down into the canyon (about 400ft. of elevation change down... and 400ft. within less than a 1/4 mile back up). The hike from the Western entrance to the Eastern entrance and back is fairly flat with no need to burn the thighs. We hike this at least 4 times a month and know it quite well. We have done a fair amount of hiking in San Diego, Cleveland National Forrest and the Sierras around Tahoe and I never get tired of this. Fairly flat to rolling terrain with many changes along the way... the loop trail goes along both sides of a stream running through the canyon with flowing water all year long. There are tall trees on both sides of the stream with the trail going under them in some parts...can be a welcome 20 degree relief in the Summer months!... in Spring when everything on the surrounding hills is green you’d swear you’re in Ireland! The waterfall is the “money spot” and gets crowded on the weekends... trivia... when Mick Jagger stayed the the Grand Del Mar, he was spotted at the waterfall!!...lots of mountain bikers on weekends...we go on weekdays when almost no one is there and we feel like we own the place!!...It’s a very cool spot and we’re thankful we can hike there from our apt. We typically cross the creek at Carson Crossing which is quite beautiful in the morning and make a 9 mile hike out of it... the bridge across the creek is sometimes out there so I wear my tall waterproof Herman Survivors and walk right across in one the low spots. The total trail is 80% open to the sun so bring lots of water and sunscreen in the summer. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich break at the waterfall is the BEST!!

my family walks this trail 3 times a week we love it

Great trail with beautiful scenery. At the end your rewarded with an amazing waterfall. We got a late start so the sun was low on the falls and stream. Very beautiful!

Fun, easy trail to walk or run. A bit of an uphill climb back to the Visitor’s Center from the river crossing which was a bit challenging for my 3 yr old. Fun to take a break at the crossing and toss some rocks into the water with the kiddos.

Easy trail, nice sights and perfect for my toddler

1.7 mile hike

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bridge out
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail to take your dog. It's short and relatively easy with a few mild hills. Currently the river is at the 5 foot mark after the last rain so crossing it to access the Fortunas would be difficult. The trail is mostly free of deep water and mud but here's one major puddle at the low point of the hike about halfway through. A use trail bypasses half of it.

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